- Pawel SWANIEWICZ, Professor, University of Warsaw, the head of the Department of Development and Local Policy (Poland)
- Ginka TCHAVDAROVA, Executive Director, National Association of Municipalities (Bulgaria)
- Novak GAJIĆ, Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (Serbia)
Moderator: Peter WOSTNER
- Experiences across European Union, Balkan and Eastern Partnership countries show that efficiency of any territorially oriented policy depends on the quality and strengths of interactions between self-governments and other supporting institutions like development agencies, business centres etc. Furthermore, local governments are part of the broader multilevel governance structures whose efficiency as a whole will determine the growth performance of a given territory. The second part of the session is devoted to discussion about the role and ways of improvement of the quality of local governments and other institutions in fostering the growth and development in local and regional scales:
- How can local governments formulate viable objectives, link up with national policies and donor programmes? What sort of support and preparation do they need in order to become effective agents of change? Why is the involvement of local governments important for overcoming regional disparities?